Lagos - Nigeria defender Elderson Echiejile admitted he was
devastated to miss out on the recent World Cup, but says he is determined to
avoid the same heartache when Russia 2018 rolls around.
The full-back suffered a cruel blow just one week before the
start of the Brazil showpiece when he picked up a muscle tear during the Super
Eagles' friendly encounter against Greece in Pennsylvania on June 3.
The left-back has since returned to fitness and is
undergoing pre-season training with Ligue 1 giants Monaco, although he admits
he is already looking ahead to the next World Cup, where he intends to feature
for the Nigerians.
"It was a very sad time for me, but I have to move on
with my career. I believe there are many World Cups still in me," he told
Echiejile is, however, putting his immediate focus into the
upcoming Ligue 1 campaign, where Monaco will be hoping to wrestle the French
league crown away from Paris Saint-Germain, having finished as runners-up in
"We were beaten to the championship by PSG and so the
target would be to go one better and be champions of France again," he
He continued: "Pre-season is always
physically demanding and we don't look forward to it, but as professionals we
know the work we put in during that time, will go a long way to keep us going
during the season."
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